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ORLANDO, FL - 20 Jan 2010: At the annual Lotusphere conference, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today previewed new enhancements with IBM social collaboration software, IBM Lotus Quickr and IBM Lotus Connections, that will help organizations improve efficiency and increase collaboration. With new partner integrations demonstrated at Lotusphere, IBM is delivering on its vision to expand the number of users that can access IBM social software at anytime and from anywhere.
From 3Q 2008 to 3Q 2009, IBM's social collaboration software install base grew 34 percent. This growth is representative of the value that businesses are seeing in social software. With IBM's commitment to open standards and continued integration with partner solutions, IBM is making its social collaboration software more pervasive across a wide range of devices and applications so that businesses have the ability to connect people with relevant information.
Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, a leading manufacturer of high end microphones, headphones and telephony accessories for consumer and professional applications with 2,000 employees in 90 countries around the globe, needed an easy way to tap expertise and innovation across the company. With the help of IBM Business Partner, Gesellschaft für InformationsSysteme mbH, Sennheiser has implemented Lotus Quickr, Lotus Connections and WebSphere Portal.
"A crucial factor for the implementation of IBM's social collaboration tools was the ability to add new value to our existing applications,” said Klaus Höling, director IT and group CIO, Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG. “Delivering these services in applications already being used quickly improves communication efficiencies across globally dispersed project teams."
Previewed today, the next release of Lotus Quickr plans to deliver on IBM's commitment to enhance and streamline user experiences. Based on customer feedback, Lotus Quickr will offer simplified use of the Lotus Quickr library, more user-friendly version control of documents and a redesigned discussion forum in addition to new features like a recycle bin and folder security.
With Lotus Quickr, IBM will continue to execute on the end-to-end content strategy and implementation of the CMIS standard, giving organizations the “best of both worlds” -- the structure, compliance, and business process provided by ECM coupled with the intuitive user interface of Lotus Quickr. IBM plans to bring the ECM integration to Lotus Lotus Quickr services for Domino that was previously delivered for Lotus Quickr services for WebSphere Portal. In addition, the next version of Lotus Quickr will provide key enhancements to ECM integration, including more seamless integration of content from either IBM FileNet Content Manager or IBM Content Manager directly into Quickr places, simpler entry of meta data, and improved search capabilities.
Also previewed at Lotusphere this week, the next release of Lotus Connections plans to include new features such as an automated people and social content recommendation to help users build broader, more powerful professional networks and a photo/video sharing capability that will support consumer generated content on extranet sites to increase site traffic and foster customer communities.
Also planned are other Connections features that include improved moderation of user-generated content to provide safe communities as well as compliance and auditing capabilities to deliver the value of social software to regulated industries. The release will also offer deeper integration with WebSphere Portal and Microsoft Sharepoint and expanded mobile support so that the power of social networking can be used by customer-facing employees.
IBM also previewed plans to expand social collaboration services in the cloud by adding the power of communities to LotusLive Connections this year. Communities allow groups of customers, partners or employees who share a common interest to collaborate by exchanging and sharing information with one another.
“Over the past few years, we have witnessed the evolution of social software in business,” said Jeff Schick, vice president, IBM Social Software. “Businesses are now seeing the value that collaboration brings to the enterprise by connecting people and information. With the next releases of Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections, we will deliver expanded functionality and improved performance to help simplify collaboration and increase efficiency.”
Partner Integrations Expand IBM Social Software Everywhere
Announced last week, IBM Business Partner Alfresco will integrate the Alfresco open source enterprise content management (ECM) system with the Lotus social collaboration suite to deliver an economical, scalable and open platform. With integration built on the proposed CMIS standard, this affordable, scalable and open platform will allow users to manage content, such as emails or documents that are being collaborated on inside of Quickr, and turn them into records, archive them, manage them, or put them in an enterprise content vault to be able to search and access the information.
In December 2009, Mainsoft Corporation announced a technology preview of IBM Lotus Connections integration with IBM Rational Team Concert. The software enables agile development teams to easily communicate with technical and business stakeholders on a single social network. The integration gives Rational Team Concert users direct access to Lotus Connections blogs, wikis, communities, activities, profiles and more from within the development environment.
For more information on IBM's collaboration software portfolio, including Lotus Connections and Lotus Quickr, visit www.ibm.com/software/lotus.
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